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  1. IHopeIGetIt

    How to be successful with mental illness

    The therapy? Do you know someone who has tried it?
  2. IHopeIGetIt

    How to be successful with mental illness

    appreciate both your comments and I have to say that although I'm sorry you guys have been in the same situation, it feels good to know that some people understand because they've been through it. My most recent fail, I wish I didnt have to put it on my resume but it's on my credit history. So once they check that, they'll see I omitted and then have cause to fire me, the wording in the tiny print of applications withstanding. But yes, educate myself with CEUs, hospitals with newer nurse programs, and a smaller hospital if possible. Great advice, thanks. What are those newer nurse programs called? Do you mean the ones for nurses wanting to go back to bedside after doing another specialty?
  3. IHopeIGetIt

    How to be successful with mental illness

    I've also considered volunteering at our free clinic here, which is affiliated with one of the two major hospitals in my city, but I have a 2 year old and I cant afford to pay for babysitting for a free gig.
  4. IHopeIGetIt

    How to be successful with mental illness

    I'm 42. I still have at least 20-30 years left before I'd want to retire. As much as I'd like to use that reason, I don't think 2 months is long enough to decide that I didn't have the opportunity to grow professionally. I'm in the process of working with vocational rehab but my counselor is encouraging me to move away from nursing. I'm not adverse to that but I at least want to give it a real chance before I make that determination and I don't think i have. I'm also considering just staying put in my current PDN position for a couple years to show that I can be loyal and stable however I'm afraid if I stay too long in this position I may not be able to go back to bedside. That is what's really lighting the fire under my butt. That and the fact that I'm having a hard time being still; I only work 1-2 days per week. I'm wondering if I go back to school for a BSN will that make me more marketable? Because vocational rehab would pay for that I'm sure.
  5. Backstory: diagnosed with Bipolar 2/GAD. Have been an RN for 3 years but have been job hopping and feel like I'm getting to the point where I can't get hired. First 3 hospital jobs were cardiac stepdown; spent 2 months at the first two and 6 months at the last. Tried LTC (2 mos.), pediatric psych hospital (2 wks), and currently doing PDN part time while on disability. My work history has been very spread out. Have been doing PDN for almost a year now but I'm going stir crazy. My reasons for leaving each job varied somewhat but boiled down to not being able to handle the combined stress of work, home, life in general, and all the extra that pops up. I tend to react to the stress as opposed to responding. I started my last hospital job last year being proactive; I had my psych doctor with meds and weekly therapy sessions and I did well at first. Received nothing but compliments from patient and families and most staff. Constructive criticism was met with action plans and positive change. I was extremely anxious but I was dealing; it helped to hear from the other nurses that they felt the same way and I wasn't alone. However, all the extra started happening (i.e. hurricane accompanied by PTSD as I had been in another hurricane the year before and lost everything, among other things) and I just ran (running meaning not only leaving the job but moving). I completely enjoy nursing, bedside nursing in particular, and there is still so much that I want to try but it seems a nurse needs acute care experience to do most anything else outside of LTC and Home Health. I have the opportunity to go back to my previous hospital job, or at least interview, and although I would love to, I am extremely hesitant because I can't afford another repeat. I've been brainstorming and besides trying med surg (because that step down unit was more like ICU with higher nurse patient ratios), I feel like I need a plan for when things start to go south. I feel like that might be what's missing besides some good old fashion resilience. I need to also work with the therapist in identifying what is exactly triggering me and what that looks like in terms of symptoms so the action plan can be used appropriately. My questions are: How do I explain the job hopping during an interview? What else can I do to be successful?
  6. IHopeIGetIt

    Survival guide for women of color

    http://www.gcorr.org/why-its-so-hard-to-talk-to-white-people-about-racism/ Please read
  7. IHopeIGetIt

    Does your state require mental health reporting?

    Georgia does ask the question. It is worded: "Do you currently possess any condition which may in any way impair your ability to practice or otherwise alter your behavior as it relates to the practice of nursing?"
  8. IHopeIGetIt

    SPC nursing 2015

    Did you receive an email about the workshops? I didn't receive any email about it so how would I register for the workshop?
  9. IHopeIGetIt

    SPC nursing 2015

    Uhmmitsrach, What is the first week like? I think I might have read there is a math test in the first week of every semester. I've been reading the syllabus and it talks about doing assigned readings and activities before class and lab. Is there anything we should read for the first week? Do they go in order as far as the Units? Thank you, in advance, for your response.
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    SPC nursing 2015

    The fingerprint section on my Certified Profile is finally listed as complete!
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    SPC nursing 2015

    MyCourses is up. Here's the link to begin the tutorial so you'll know how to use the system when our classes are uploaded: https://mycourses.spcollege.edu/login.asp Your login/password is the same as your MySpc.
  12. IHopeIGetIt

    Crossroads of Giving Up and Picking Another Degree.

    Then I would definitely urge you to go the community college route- cheap tuition = less loans....if you decide to go for nursing. Sounds like a really tough decision. Especially since getting in a nursing program is only the start of an uphill battle for you. But don't give up. Maybe look into getting a roommate. You don't have family but what about friends? What about health insurance through the Marketplace? I don't quite know how that works when you are able to get insurance through your job but maybe you could talk to a rep and see if that is better than his insurance rates. Look into HCA hospitals. I know one in St. Pete has a program and one in VA, so maybe other HCA hospitals have that program. If you're major concern is deferment, that may be the lesser of evils, so to speak.
  13. IHopeIGetIt

    Crossroads of Giving Up and Picking Another Degree.

    Since you rent and don't have children, you can look into getting a smaller place. I'm a single parent and live off of one income and have the smallest size apartment I can have with a family of 4. I don't completely know your situation but rent is usually the biggest expense. So, would that make it possible to live off of your husband's income for the time you are in school? If he is also full-time, isn't he able to carry the health insurance? Once you get that first semester of nursing school done, you could pick up shifts as a student nurse in your local hospital to help with bills so you're only talking 6 months tops that you'd be reduced to one full income. I've waited years for nursing school, because it was never the right time for whatever reason. Now, I have the chance to start in January and I'm not letting anything stop me. I have to make sacrifices but I'm thinking long-term and that's how you have to think. And hey, maybe now isn't the right time for nursing school, but that doesn't mean you give up completely.
  14. IHopeIGetIt

    Crossroads of Giving Up and Picking Another Degree.

    I'm curious as to where you are exactly, since you said you'd be willing to go to Orlando. Do you have children? DO you rent or own? I'm just trying to get a clearer picture of your situation. I know in St. Petersburg, at SPC, there are hospital expansion programs that will pay for school, allow you to work while in school (you could work enough hours to get benefits although it's not recommended), and you'd have a job after completing school at the hospital that paid your tuition (along with a two year commitment). Are there any programs like that where you are or would it be possible to look into SPC? It's and ADN program.
  15. IHopeIGetIt

    SPC nursing 2015

    FYI...The ADN College of Nursing Commons is now up on Angel.
  16. IHopeIGetIt

    SPC nursing 2015

    I'm taking the test this Wednesday. We know all we need to know as long as you signed up at the orientation. We have to arrive by 7:50 at the latest or will have to reschedule and the test is in rm 269 in the lab. You have to bring either SPC ID or DL. No personal belongings or phones is best.
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